Mian Jamshed Uddin Kakakhel (right) and Shaukat Manzoor Cheema. File photos
Mian Jamshed Uddin Kakakhel, Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, and Shaukat Manzoor Cheema, who was a member of the Punjab assembly, both died on Wednesday. Cheema was elected on a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ticket in 2018 from PP-51 Gujranwala constituency.
Kakakhel was elected from the constituency of PK-63 Nowshera on a Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) ticket in the 2018 general elections.
So far, eight members of the KP assembly have been infected with coronavirus which includes Madiha Nisar, Kamran Bangash, Dr Amjad Ali,
Another two lawmakers with the virus died at different hospitals in Pakistan on Tuesday, and one died earlier.
So far, eight members of the KP assembly have been infected with coronavirus which includes Madiha Nisar, Kamran Bangash, Dr Amjad Ali, Bahadur Khan, Ziaullah Bangash, Shafiq Afridi and Inayatullah Khan.
Pakistan recorded its highest single-day increase in infections on Wednesday, when 4,131 new cases and 67 deaths were confirmed in 24 hours.
Information Minister Shibli Faraz held a televised news conference in which he asked people to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Faraz, who wasn't wearing a mask, said: "You need to hold an umbrella when it rains, otherwise you will get soaked. Similarly, if you want to avoid getting infected, you must take the necessary precautions.”
Pakistan has recorded a total of 80,463 confirmed cases and 1,688 deaths since February.
In a separate development, the COVID-19 has infected more than 100 doctors in three government hospitals — Allied, District Headquarters (DHQ) and General Hospital — of Faisalabad, Punjab province.
Doctors alleged the district administration was responsible for such a state of affairs. Corroborating their claim, they said new wards have been set up at the Allied and DHQ hospitals without precautionary measures although sufficient beds were available at the General Hospital Ghulam Muhammadabad, which is dedicated for the COVID-19 treatment. It has 250 beds and only 60 are being occupied.
"The government is providing doctors with all the facilities. Doctors all over the world who are fighting the virus on the frontlines are dying. The situation in Pakistan is no different," Punjab health secretary said.
Six months after the coronavirus arrived in Pakistan, the country appears to have dodged the worst of the pandemic, baffling health experts and dampening fears its crowded urban areas and ramshackle hospitals will be overrun.
"I have quarantined myself at my home," Muqam, the president for the PML-N's KP chapter, said on Twitter. "I request the nation to take care," he added, requesting people to pray for his recovery.
Officials and experts said that the female doctors were brought back to the Sindh’s health system through a technology-driven initiative by one of the oldest public sector medical universities in the country, which has so far succeeded in bringing back to the profession over 800 Pakistani lady doctors in different countries.
Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have sent congratulatory cables to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, on the occasion of the Kingdom's 93rd National Day.
The UAE is leading a global initiative to protect and enhance mangrove habitats, which stems from its commitment to addressing climate change and safeguarding vital coastal ecosystems worldwide.
Gupta, who was designated as X's Head of Global Government Affairs for India and South Asia, declined to comment to Reuters. X did not immediately respond to a request for comment.